Less than a month to start of the CANA Zone 3 and 4 Championship, Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) is yet to pull together the needed sh200m to successfully host the event.
Swimming Federation treasurer Irene Mudanye tells Red Pepper Online Sport that Uganda Olympic/government and well-wishers should be of assistance for this continental event to become a reality.
Uganda won the right to host the Championship due April 24-27 at Kampala Parents School pool after putting up a fantastic display at the same championships in Zambia last year.
Led by Olympian Jamila Lunkuse who collected 7 gold medals, Uganda’s youngsters left a mark in Zambia despite travelling as a small contingent of sixteen.
Lunkuse (16) and twelve year old Rebecca Ssengozi were Uganda’s best swimmers at the four-day event held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
Lunkuse won gold in the 50m breaststroke, butterfly and free style races. She also picked gold from the 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle races on top of the 200m freestyle and Individual Medley events.
National head coach Muzafar Muwanguzi and his deputy Isaac Rwenzo recently named a strong team of 50 swimmers.
Uganda will be competing against 11 nations including— South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.